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5 ways menopause effects nails

Menopause, marked by hormonal changes, can have various effects on the body, including nails. Here are five ways menopause can affect nails:

  • Brittle and Weak Nails: The decline in oestrogen levels during menopause can lead to changes in the structure and quality of nails. Nails may become more brittle, thin, and prone to splitting or breaking. Oestrogen plays a role in maintaining nail strength and hydration, so its decrease can impact nail health.

  • Slower Nail Growth: Hormonal fluctuations during menopause can slow down the rate of nail growth. Nails might take longer to grow out, and they may also appear thinner due to reduced cell turnover in the nail matrix.

  • Changes in Nail Texture: Some women may notice changes in the texture of their nails during menopause. Nails might become rougher or develop ridges and indentations. These changes can be a result of hormonal imbalances and decreased circulation.

  • Increased Susceptibility to Infections: Hormonal changes during menopause can lead to reduced blood flow to the extremities, including the nails. Weakened blood circulation can make nails more susceptible to fungal or bacterial infections.

  • Spoon-Shaped or Concave Nails: In some cases, menopause can contribute to changes in nail shape, leading to nails that appear spoon-shaped or concave. This condition is known as koilonychia and can be associated with iron deficiency anaemia or other health conditions.

To promote healthy nails during menopause, consider the following tips:

  • Balanced Diet: Ensure your diet is rich in essential nutrients, including biotin, vitamin E, iron, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients support nail health.

  • Nail Care: Keep your nails trimmed to a comfortable length and avoid excessive filing or aggressive cuticle removal, which can further weaken the nails.

  • Moisturise: Apply moisturisers or nail oils to the nails and cuticles to maintain hydration and prevent them from becoming overly dry.

  • Protect Your Nails: Wear gloves when working with water or harsh chemicals to prevent nails from becoming excessively brittle and weak.

  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to help maintain overall skin and nail hydration.

  • Consult a Professional: If you're concerned about significant changes in your nails, consider consulting a dermatologist or a healthcare professional who can provide personalised advice and recommendations.

Remember that individual experiences can vary, and not all women will experience significant nail changes during menopause. Taking steps to care for your nails and overall health can help minimise the impact of hormonal changes on nail quality.


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